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How to Prepare Blackboard Courses for Migration to Canvas

EdTech, Faculty Content, LMSBrandi Bleak

As the Fall term has progressed, many of members of our faculty have asked us what they should be doing to best prepare for the migration of their courses to Canvas. During the Fall, it was not yet essential that faculty do anything in preparation. Now, however, the Canvas system is set up and it is a good time for all faculty to begin preparing their Blackboard courses for the transition by doing some Spring (Term) Cleaning.

As course shells are used and re-used over terms, they can begin to get a bit cluttered with materials that may no longer be needed or that may not be well-organized. This content does not need to come over to Canvas, and may make your transition more difficult. So, as we begin to migrate course content from Blackboard to Canvas, there are a few things you can do to prepare your content by ensuring that it is well-organized.

Exporting Your Course:

The first step that you should take in this process is exporting your Blackboard courses, which will ensure that you have a backup of the complete course before you make any changes or delete files. You can store the packaged file on your local computer or within OneDrive through Office365.

For instructions on backing up a course, review this knowledge base article: How to export a Blackboard course

To Access OneDrive:


Clearing Out the Content Collection

Next, you can begin the clean-up! You’ll start in the area where your Blackboard course content is all stored, the often-neglected Content Collection, which can be accessed as shown below.

how to get to the content collection from your course.png

Once there, you can determine if completing any of the following tasks will make your course less cluttered, and more organized.

Files

Delete Unused Files

If there are files that you no longer using in your course, delete them.

Delete Duplicate Files

If the original file exists, then the duplicate file(s) should be removed. These files generally contain keywords in their file name such as (1) or Copy.

Export Videos Store within Blackboard

All videos that have been directly uploaded into Blackboard should be exported to your local computer so that they can be re-uploaded into Arc (Canvas' new video storage system). Video files will have the following extensions: .MP4/.AVI/.FLV/.WMV/.MOV

If you have used a Kaltura MediaSpace, YouTube or similar product to simply embed the video, you will not need to move/address the video - it is not actually being stored in Bb. We will address how those videos will be migrated more thoroughly in future communications/training.

Spring Term Canvas Outreach

LMS, Workshop, Faculty Content, EdTechBrandi Bleak

Canvas is coming! We hope that you are as excited about this change as we are! But, for those who are experiencing some trepidation, we have scheduled abundant training and outreach at each campus throughout the 2019 Spring Term. Educational Technology will be teaming up with Training and Organizational Development, the Center for eLearning, and Digital Media Productions to offer in-person and online training opportunities, campus visits, and live broadcasts so that you can learn more about our new Learning Management System, Canvas (or just express your excitement, if you are already a Canvas FanPerson).  

Here’s a list of the events that will be occurring through the the 2019 Spring term:

Canvas at FSCJ: Basic Training Course

What: This course will provide introductory training on the Canvas Learning Management System. It will provide attendees with an opportunity to become accustomed to Canvas’s user interface, as well as learn how to build, manage, and grade course content and communicate with students.

When: This course will initially be offered on January 4th during Professional Development Day, then advertised throughout the Spring term.

Where: Online or in-person, at each campus.

How to Join the Fun: Pay attention to weekly emails from Training and Organizational Development and register for the course that meets your needs within the Student Center of myFSCJ.

Open Lab: Canvas Migration Assistance

What: Scheduled to assist instructors with migrating their course content from Blackboard to Canvas.

When: Every Friday during the Spring term during the hours listed below. If you are in need of assistance at a time that is outside of the hours listed, please email EdTech@fscj.edu to schedule an appointment.

Where: 

Deerwood Center TV Studio from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Kent Campus Faculty Resource Center from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Downtown Campus Faculty Resource Center from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

South Campus Faculty Resource Center from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

North Campus Faculty Resource Center from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

How to Join the Fun: Just show up and bring your Canvas.

Tech Tours: Canvas Transition

What: The Educational Technology, Center for eLearning, and the Digital Media Productions teams will visit each campus to discuss the details of the transition to Canvas and answer any questions instructors may have.

When & Where

Friday, 3/1

  • Deerwood Center TV Studio from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Tuesday, 3/5

  • Nassau Center B202 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • North Campus Faculty Resource Center from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, 3/6

  • Cecil Center Room 206 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • Kent Campus Faculty Resource Center from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

How to Join the Fun: Just show up! No Canvas needed.

LIVE Canvas Chats

What: These live broadcasts will provide an update on our LMS transition, as well as an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Each month we’ll focus on a different piece of the Canvas puzzle.

When: Live at 11:30 a.m. on the last Friday of each month during the Spring term

Where: live.fscj.edu 

How to Join the Fun: Review our blog to see each month’s topics and send in those questions in advance to be answered live.

As always, if you have any questions, please email us at EdTech@fscj.edu.

In Focus: The New WebEx

EdTech, DMP, In FocusBrandi Bleak

We have a new WebEx Collaboration platform here at FSCJ and it’s really quite impressive! The new modern look, ease of use, and additional features are a great addition to the IT services available. You can reach the new WebEx site by going to webex.fscj.edu.

This month on In Focus, the Educational Technology team takes an in-depth look at how to use the the new tool, whether you’re an experienced power user or just getting started. 

As a reminder, here’s the initial email IT sent out announcing the change. If you have any questions or need assistance with WebEx, please visit help.fscj.edu and submit a ticket, and we’ll will be happy to help!